New AAC set for Kamloops Timber Supply Area
By Government of B.C.
May 6, 2016 - Effective immediately, the new allowable annual cut (AAC) for the Kamloops Timber Supply Area (TSA) will be 2.3 million cubic metres and decrease to 2.1 million cubic metres, effective May 5, 2021, chief forester Diane Nicholls announced today.
This new AAC is a decrease of 1.7 million cubic metres per year from four million cubic metres per year, set in 2008, which included an uplift to account for the salvage of dead pine. However, the average annual harvest over the last few years has been about 2.8 million cubic metres.
“The mountain pine beetle epidemic and the salvage of dead pine is ending in the Kamloops Timber Supply area,” said Diane Nicholls, chief forester. “The new allowable annual cut reflects the transition to lower mid-term harvest levels and is needed to give regenerating stands time to grow and reach marketable size.”
The Kamloops TSA covers approximately 2.77 million hectares. Dominant tree species include pine, spruce, cedar, hemlock and Douglas-fir.
Communities in the timber supply area include Ashcroft, Barriere, Chase, Clearwater, Kamloops, Logan Lake and Vavenby, as well as 34 First Nations with asserted territories. There are three lumber mills, two chipping mills, two veneer-plywood mills and a pulp and paper mill operating within the TSA.
The allowable annual cut determination is available from the Kamloops Natural Resource District office, or online at: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hts/tsa/tsa11/